When I heard that Jon Stewart was going to retire from the Daily Show I, like many Americans, was devastated. Where was I supposed to get my news now? First the Colbert Report went off the air and now Jon’s retiring? But, I felt a lot better when I heard that Trevor Noah was going to take his place. As a mixed-race South African, Noah is a breath of fresh air in a field dominated by white men. Come to think of it, everyone who I have ever looked to for a comedic but enlightening take on current events—Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Russell Brand—are all white men. As great as they all are, it’s nice to get a little diversity in the mix (now if only there were more women).
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But diversity is not the only reason I am excited about the new The Daily Show host. I’m looking forward to watching Trevor Noah because he is absolutely hilarious. After I watched his first segment as a Daily Show correspondent, I looked him up on YouTube and managed to spend hours watching his stand-up comedy. Here are some of my favorite Trevor Noah moments to get you excited about the new season of the Daily Show (even if you are still mourning the loss of Jon Stewart).
When he pointed out the absurdity of the censorship of rap and hip hop in the US.
“I just can’t handle the cussing, please cut it out…but keep the misogyny in, keep that in because these hos ain’t loyal.”
When he described what it felt like to be a mixed-race child in the era of South African Apartheid in the funniest way possible.
“My mom could walk with me but if the police showed up she had to let go of my hand and drop me and act like I wasn’t hers…I felt like a bag of weed.”
When he explained the difference between how race is defined in the U.S. versus the rest of the world.
“Everybody’s black out there.”
When he put a twist on a quintessential dad joke to make an important point about the killing of unarmed people of color.
“I just flew in and boy are my arms tired.”
When he challenged common assumptions about the entire continent of Africa with a game titled “Spot the Africa.”
“I hesitated to visit a country as troubled as the U.S.”
When he was not afraid to get serious, and possibly make the audience uncomfortable, by criticizing the North-American response to Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“Look, Jon, in France, 1.6 million people marched for 12 cartoonists, which is great. But by that math, the whole world should have been marching in Nigeria.”